photo: Trish Dunell
Trelawney Stud graduate Astrid (Pins x Astralita) made it two wins from her last three starts in the $25,000 Power Farming Rating 85 1400 metres on Saturday at Te Rapa.
Purchased by David Ellis for $80,000 at the 2013 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, from the draft of Trelawney Stud, Astrid has now won five races and appears capable of further success.
Back on the course that saw her register an impressive win in the Rating 75 1400 metres on 22 January, Astrid had her quickening abilities thwarted by Slow8 footing last time out at New Plymouth, but bounced back on a Good3 surface.
It was a heady ride by Craig Grylls in what was very much a sit and sprint race.
Able to trail from barrier two, Grylls was aware to the tactics when finding clear room as the field sprinted before the home turn and after securing an advantage at the 250m Astrid never flinched in holding race favourite Go Nicholas (Danroad) at bay.
“It was a very good win by a very honest mare,” said Te Akau Racing Manager Brad Taylor, on course with the three runners at Te Rapa.
“She beat a nice handy field today. Go Nicholas was placed behind Splurge a couple of starts ago, so the form was pretty strong.
“Gryllsy said she did it quite easily, and he rode her perfectly, never panicked when the leader stopped quickly coming to the corner, got out and got her going, and she was too good for them.”
Somewhat surprisingly, Astrid was a drifter on the tote to return $10.20 & $3.60 ($9.00 & $2.25 fixed odds) after running the 1400 metres in time that reflected the slow pace: 1:26.5.
“It was great to start a big day of racing on a winning note,” said David Ellis. “We’ve got horses racing at three venues: Te Rapa, Trentham, and of course Rosehill, in Sydney.
“Astrid was well ridden by Craig Grylls, whose wife Milou (Grylls) is a very important member of the Te Akau team, and this is a mare that just keeps improving.
“Astrid was bred by Joan Egan, who is also a part-owner, and this year I bought a Savabeel colt out of Bunyah from Joan, out of the Trelawney Stud draft, and it’s just really nice for her as a small breeder to be having great success.
“There are some really good owners in the mare and I’m so pleased that they’ve been patient with her, and that patience has been well rewarded.”
Astrid became the 64th winner this season for training partners Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards, and racing at stakes’ level during this campaign could become a goal.
“Being a Pins mare, she is going to increase in value if we can get some black type with her and the boys will certainly being eyeing the calendar for any suitable stakes’ races,” Taylor said.
Astrid was strapped by Jahmane Murray-Bromwich.
“Jahmane is a top young man and does a great job for Te Akau,” Ellis said. “He is also a vital member of the team and he’s going to go a lot further at Te Akau Racing before too long.” -Te Akau Racing